Which of these two — if you had to choose one — better defines the modern Republican Party: incompetence or immorality?
I can never end this debate that has played out in my head since Dubya.
One moment I’m thinking, “It’s their willful ignorance, their amateurishness, their rank incompetence that defines them.”
That’s how I felt recently, when I read comments by Lindsay Graham after the demise of his plan to replace the ACA. A reporter asked him, “You’ve been working to overhaul this for seven years. Why is this so hard?” Graham responded: ‘Well, I’ve been doing it for about a month." A month! The key idea in the bill, he admitted, “came from a conversation in a barbershop.” A barbershop! All’s well that ends well, however, since Graham “enjoyed this more than anything,” having finally had a chance to learn after only 25 years in public office that different populations have “unique healthcare needs and one size doesn’t fit all, even within your state.”
Then I catch myself up short: “No, no, their incompetence is minor compared to their immorality. They know full well that trickle-down economics is simply a ruse for making rich people richer. And yet here they are AGAIN, a decade after Bush drove the economy off a cliff, with a proposal to write a check for $1.5 trillion to Donald Trump and his ilk.” Lying, thieving, taking perverse enjoyment in the suffering of people they hate — that’s just evil.
So, which is the sine qua non of Republicanism? Which of the two is the defining trait? Which poses the greater danger to the rest of us?
Incompetence or immorality? (Illustrative examples welcome.)